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Conditions at Broadmoor come under attack from inspectors

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1250
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The Commission for Health Improvement has published a damning report on conditions at the high security psychiatric hospital, Broadmoor. The commission's clinical governance review of the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which oversees Broadmoor Hospital, confirms the widespread public impression that the facility, built in 1863, is more of a prison than a hospital.

    “The overwhelming majority of ward areas at Broadmoor Hospital are totally unfit for purpose and cannot be considered an appropriate, humane environment for modern mental healthcare delivery,” says the report. “It is difficult to see, in spite of the endeavours of staff at all levels, how …

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